Melbourne Stars brought in Joe Burns for the next three seasons of the Big Bash League (BBL). The 31-year-old will leave his nine-year franchise, Brisbane Heat, to compete for the Stars. It was his hometown and he made 59 appearances for the team.
The contract that Burns signed with Melbourne lasts until the 2023-24 season. He was excited about the prospect of playing for a top boss. His signing strengthens the top order in Melbourne, something that will ease the pressure on the versatile player Marcus Stoinis.
After the announcement, Burns said: ‘It was obviously a tough decision to leave the Heat after being there for so long, but I’m ready for a new challenge at the Stars. The Melbourne Stars have been a very strong team over the years and I’m excited to join the team, and I can not wait to train with my new teammates.“
Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey is pleased with the signing of Joe Burns
Head coach David Hussey was expected to rejoice after the signing of Joe Burns. He mentioned that Burns’ experience would add a much-needed depth to the batting order. Burns have scored 1192 runs in 59 games Brisbane Heat averaged 24.54. Given its recent form, it offers the necessary stability for its new franchise.
“We are excited to welcome Joe to our squad for the next three seasons, especially given the experience and batting depth he adds to the team. We’re building a strong group with a lot of stars, so hopefully we can play in front of our home fans and make it a special summer,‘Claim the younger Hussey brother.
Burns also have a tendency to flourish as a finish. This allows him to be played as a driver. Although he went through a difficult situation internationally, Burns had an excellent season for the Heat last time, which drove them to the big finals.
Melbourne Stars BBL 11 Team (so far):
Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom O’Connell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa